The Inkas Symbols

Meaning of the Symbols

All Inkas’ symbols have a meaning, a purpose, an aim – a spiritual meaning.

You may use the symbols actively for meditations or for strengthening the weak parts of yourself, if you wish to do so.

On this page, I have described some of the symbols.

Under each piece of jewellery, you can read which symbols are included, read about the meaning of the colours, together with the meaning of the crystals and the corals are stated.

Or you can read about the Holy Animals here


Flower   |   Butterfly |    Cocablad / K’intu    |   Despacho   |  Dragon Fly    |  Flower of Life   |    Inka cross   |   Llama / Alpacha   |   Mesa  |   Nascalines  |   Pachamama   |   Trilogy – Condor, Cougar (Puma), Serpent (Snake) – and the Hummingbird   |   Tumi (medicine man)  |   Wiracocha (God)


The Flower stands for abundance and prosperity | InkaDesign

The Flower stands for abundance and prosperity

According to the Inkas, the Flower stands for abundance and prosperity.      

Coca Leaves

Kintu - 3 perfect coca leaves

Kintu – 3 perfect coca leaves

Coca leaves are everywhere in the Andes.

The coca plant is a holy plant in Peru.

The seed as well as the leaves are used for ceremonies.

The leaves can be chewed in order to give energy, healing and inner visions. You can made tea with the leaves to neutralize mountain sickness. In these moderate quantities you will not be negatively influenced by the coca leaves. The farmers chew the coca leaves together with a small piece of lime ash in order to increase the stimulating effect because it not only lessens hunger which will be good for a society where food is in scarce; it also stimulates the heart and helps the farmers to endure working at so high atmospheric layers.

Also tourists chew many coca leaves and drink much coca tea, in order to get used to the heights.


3 Coca Leaves (K’intu)

The K’intu (k’een-tooh) is a bunch of three perfect coca leaves used to make an offering gift for the Nature Spirits/Pachamama. You blow your wishes and intentions into it. K’intu constitutes a central element in a Despacho (offering gift) and is generally used, three at a time.

Dragon Fly

Dragon fly pendant

Dragon fly pendant


Flower of Life

Flower of life, Geometries

Flower of life, Geometries

The Flower of Life is a holy geometric symbol, showing the pattern of the Universe and can be found in many religions and cultures throughout the world – one of the oldest holy symbols known.

The Flower of Life has a deep spiritual meaning and is thought to include the pattern of the Creation which derived from the big gap/hole of the Universe.

By meditating on this symbol with the holy geometry and wearing the Flower of Life symbol on your body, it is known to have strong healing forces, helping us to dissolve fear, helping us to create connection to our higher self, giving stronger self-awareness etc.

Included in the definition of the Flower of Life, the Seed of Life, the Tree of Life etc. are also to be found.


Inka calendar or Inka festival

A circular pendant in bright silver with Nasca Lines, tumi, llama and the Inka calendar | InkaDesign

A circular pendant in bright silver with Nasca Lines, tumi, llama and the Inka calendar | InkaDesign

The Inka calendar consisted of twelve months, each of 30 days. Each month had its own festival. The Inkan year started in December and began with Capac Raymi, the largest festival.

Llama / Alpacha

Grazing alpachas in the Andes | InkaDesign

Grazing alpachas in the Andes | InkaDesign

The llama is also considered as being be a holy animal.

The fur from the llama is used frequently; so is also the case from its minor little brother, the Alpaca; these two are often seen in the Andes; however, the llama is also used for transportation of water up to the islands with no water supply systems .It is said that a llama can carry 25kg. If more load is put on its back, the llama will simply stand still.

Llamas on Machu Picchu | InkaDesign

Llamas on Machu Picchu | InkaDesign

The llamas are still used for transportation of both goods and water - up and down the mountains

The llamas are still used for transportation of both goods and water – up and down the mountains

Nasca Lines - hummingbird. There are a total of 300 figures in the desert of Peru | InkaDesign

Nasca Lines – hummingbird. There are a total of 300 figures in the desert of Peru | InkaDesign

Nasca Lines

The Nasca Lines are artificially made lines in the Nasza desert in Peru between the cities Nasza and Palpa. They have been made by the Nascan people in the period 200 BC to 700 on the dry Peruvian pampas.

The socalled Nasca Lines are one of the most impressive, man-made designs which we know. These enormous and complex lines are stretching over thousands and thousands of kilometres as sculptured animals, gods and geometrical figures. The Nasca Lines have fascinated human beings for decades. The theories are various. Some assuming that the lines are old racing tracks or astronomical calendars, and other theories consider the lines as being landing strips, created by foreign extraterrestials. Their existence still presents a great mystery to many people.

The Nasca Lines are the most brilliant group of geoglyphs in the world. The Nasca Lines are situated in the uninhabited plain in the Peuvian Pampa region. Engraved into the surface of the desert, the pampa sand, around 300 hundred figures are made by straight lines, geometrical figures and pictures of animals and birds – and their patterns are only visible from the air. The length of the figures varies from 46m up to 285m and the figures are best seen from the air. The figures cover an area comprising 500m2. The depth of the lines never exceed 30 cm and some are only scratches in the surface of the earth.

The lines were not discovered until the time where commercial airlines started to cross the Peruvian desert in 1920. Passengers reported to have seen “primitive landing strips on the earth beneath. Nobody knew who had built them or why.

Pachamama (Mother Earth)

The Pachamama stone at Machu Picchu to which you may give all your heavy energy (hoocha) and in return you receive light and fine energy (sami). To her, your hoocha is a gift.

The Pachamama stone at Machu Picchu to which you may give all your heavy energy (hoocha) and in return you receive light and fine energy (sami). To her, your hoocha is a gift.

The feminine power. The Triple Spiral.

She is the living, life-giving Mother who loves us unconditionally. We plant a single seed and she gives us one hundred back. We give her our heavy energy (hoocha) and she gives us new light energy (sami), a new perspective, and a new life.

The element of Earth for the Andean people.

The element of Earth purifies and transforms. When we are working with this element, we will have the possibility of telling the Pachamama about all our worries, our pain and our frustrations.

The Andean people use her and honour her actively in their everyday life. Every single step on earth is connected to her, usually with threads of energy.


Butterfly pendent in mother of pearl | InkaDesign

Butterfly pendant in Mother of Pearl | InkaDesign

The butterfly stands for transformation. Either you are already in or on your way into a process of development.

If the butterfly is flying closely by or sits beside you in a way which the butterflies normally do not, then it is a token to you that your process has been initiated. Join the process and enjoy it.



The Inkas’ holy animals

Consists of the Condor, the Cougar (Puma) and the Serpent (snake) – and often also the Hummingbird

» Read about the Trilogy: the Condor, the Cougar, the Serpent and the Hummingbird here 

Tumi, the medicine man brings good luck | InkaDesign

Tumi, the medicine man brings good luck | InkaDesign

Tumi (the medicine man)

The Tumi is also called the “Medicine Man”; and it is also a ceremonial Inkan offering knife.

Sitting on a piece of jewellery or hanging on a wall, the Tumi means good luck.

The head of the Tumi represents Wiracocha, The Inkan God.

One of the most important surgical used instrument in ancient Peru during the Inka Empire was the “Tumi”, a knife made of an alloy of copper, called “Champi”, which is considered as being a symbol of Peruvian medicine.

At present, the Tumi is Perus national symbol, but was to a large extent used by the sun adoring cultures like the Inkas and the pre-Inkas who flourished in ancient Peru.

With a characteristic semicircular sword made of a gold alloy, bronze, copper or a silver alloy. In the Inkan dynasty it was used by the high priest to offer up a llama at the Inty Raymi festival.

First of all the Tumi is a symbol of good luck. Many Peruvian homes have a large specimen hanging on the wall in the sitting room – in order to take care of their homes.


Wiracocha, Inka calendar | InkaDesign

Wiracocha, the Inkan metaphysical God

The Inkan word for God. The universal power with all its manifestations. The Inkan metaphysical God and the great Master of the higher world.

The name derives from two Quechaua words, Wira which means oil, and Qocha which means water. The Andean god who ruled over the vast and culturally variable Inkan Empire, was considered to be as powerful that she or he was capable of combining two so different substances as water and oil.

We need the power and wisdom today where we live a life with extreme contrasts and with large and small challenges within areas such as ecology, politics, moral, and ethics.
When Wiracocha opens up, you will also personally open up a holy space.

Wiracocha is the eighth Inka and the father of Pachakuteq. Wiracocha is the Andean name for God in same sense as Jehovah or Allah.